‘I don’t think it was that complex’ – Gerrard angry at lengthy VAR delay that saw Ings equaliser at Man Utd ruled out

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STEVEN GERRARD let rip at VAR after seeing his Aston Villa side denied an equaliser at Manchester United.

The Midlands club crashed out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Monday.

Here's the VAR check, on what Aston Villa thought was an equaliser, in its entirety.

All 3 minutes & 45 seconds of it.

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Steven Gerrard was not happy with VAR after Aston Villa were denied an equaliser at Man Utd[/caption]

But the night could have panned out differently had a second-half Danny Ings strike been allowed to stand.

The forward bundled home at point blank following a Villa corner that United failed to clear.

However, VAR immediately intervened and held up the match for a number of minutes as they checked several incidents.

One was a potential handball by Ings and another was a possible foul by Jacob Ramsey on Edinson Cavani.

But despite a lengthy check, VAR still suggested that ref Michael Oliver take a look at the touchline monitor.

After more time spent reviewing the goal, Oliver and VAR finally concluded that Ramsey had been offside before his block on Cavani.

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Villa were left raging at the decision, which also saw fans fume at the lengthy hold-up – a total of 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

And Gerrard vented his frustration after the final whistle, saying: “[It’s] very tough [to take]. We are out of the FA Cup and coming into this job I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good run in it.

“The lads gave a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from a performance that was nearly good enough. We dominated for large parts but we were not ruthless enough.

“[The VAR decision?] How long have you got? The officials took three and a half minutes to settle that one. They have looked at two or three things in it. 

“I’m disappointed it (VAR) took three and half minutes to sort it out. That time took the sting out of the game.

Mark Halsey on Villa's disallowed goal

STEVEN GERRARD will be very frustrated to see Danny Ings’ equaliser ruled out for a block by Jacob Ramsey on Edinson Cavani.

The Aston Villa midfielder did move into Cavani’s path and block the Manchester United striker from heading the ball clear.

Ramsey was standing in an offside position from John McGinn’s free-kick and that is not an offence in itself.

But Ramsey’s movement impacted on the ability of Cavani to challenge for the ball.

That meant the Villa player interfered with an opponent in accordance to Law 11: Offside.

The controversy took far too long for VAR and referee Michael Oliver to come to a decision.

And it’s also not fair that only FA Cup ties at Premier League grounds have VAR and others don’t. 

It is bringing the integrity of the competition into question.

“Now I have heard (what the decision was), I don’t think it was that complex.

“When VAR is there and they make a decision you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won’t do that.

“It is quite unique to play a team in the space of five or six days. The players have an opportunity to flip the mood, flip the feeling. I am sure they are frustrated. 

“They played quite well and dominated large arts but with no rewards for the performance so they have an opportunity at Villa Park to straighten that out.

“I am not disappointed in the performance tonight just disappointed we didn’t take our chances and conceded a sloppy goal.”

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